Freedom to Marry Advocates in Maryland Thinking Long-Term

The Baltimore Sun
January 28, 2010

Maryland advocates for the freedom to marry don't anticipate big victories in the State House this year, despite the recent adoption of more permissive laws in DC, New Hampshire and elsewhere. Instead, proponents of marriage equality are thinking long-term, launching a fundraising and lobbying effort to target state legislators who are opposed to the freedom to marry. [Link]

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Maryland: Calling All Supporters of Equality!

Equality Maryland
January 25, 2010

Maryland remains one of a handful of states that has the opportunity to end marriage discrimination against same-sex couples in the near future. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will be re-introduced this session. Lawmakers won’t support the bill unless they are asked, and the best people to ask are the voters who live in their district – that would be you! [Link]
Equality Maryland Lobby Day
Monday, Feb. 8, 2010

4:30 - 8:00 pm

Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis
Click here for details

Get involved and learn about Freedom to Marry Week here, and let us know about events planned in your area!

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Editorial: With the freedom to marry soon to be legal in D.C., how will Maryland respond?

The Baltimore Sun
December 17, 2009
With marriage equality passing in Washington D.C., The Baltimore Sun editorial board urges Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler to issue an opinion on whether the state is permitted to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples married elsewhere. [Link]

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Governors blast Catholic Church over funding threat

Hands Across the Potomac - WTOP
November 24, 2009
The governors of Virginia and Maryland both blasted the Catholic Church over its threat to stop providing social service programs in the District, if the city's proposed marriage equality law isn't changed. The criticism from the governors came on WTOP's Hands Across the Potomac radio program on Tuesday. [Link]

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Op-Ed: D.C. Church’s Threat to Pull Social Programs over Marriage Equality Goes Too Far

The Baltimore Sun
November 15, 2009
The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. went too far when it threatened the D.C. City Council last week that it would halt its social service programs in the capital if lawmakers there approve a marriage equality proposal next month. [Link]

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D.C. Marriage Bill Draws Eyes Across the Region

The Washington Post
November 12, 2009
A bill that would allow marriage for gay couples in Washington, D.C., is attracting attention from both supporters and opponents of marriage equality for its potential to influence policy in other areas of the region. [Link]

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Maryland lawmaker: Recognize my legal marriage

Gazette.Net
November 6, 2009
Openly lesbian Maryland Delegate Heather Mizeur has penned an op-ed calling on state officials to recognize the marriages of Maryland’s same-sex couples who are married in jurisdictions where it is legal. [Link]

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Montgomery Council Throws Support Behind Equal Benefits Law

News8.net (Rockville, MD)
November 3, 2009
The Montgomery County Council has introduced the Equal Benefits Bill, which would give contractors and subcontractors working for the county who are in a union with a partner of the same sex the same benefits as county employees who are in the same type of union. [Link]

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Op-Ed: Maine and Marriage

The Baltimore Sun
November 3, 2009
The Baltimore Sun editorial board writes that although it believes "recent experience in California and elsewhere should dampen [Election Day] expectations" of supporters of Maine's marriage equality law, "it would be a mistake to believe this country's movement toward equal rights for gays and lesbians is losing momentum." [Link]

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Maryland Black Family Alliance (MBFA) Premieres Film: “Maryland Voices of Equality!”

Maryland Black Family Alliance
October 19, 2009
"Maryland Voices of Equality" - directed by Kalima Young of the award-winning Kubla Khan Productions - features MBFA leaders, members, straight African-American allies, elected officials, pastors, community leaders, civil rights activists, students, mothers and fathers, all standing up for fairness, justice and equality for gays and lesbians. The premiere and forum are free of charge. [Link]

Event Details:
Thursday, October 22, 2009
6:00pm - Reception 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Film Premiere and Program
Coppin State University
Moot Court Room, 509 Health and Human Services Building
2500 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD
DIRECTIONS: http://www.coppin.edu/CIVS/directions.aspx

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